New Yorkers For Children

New Yorkers for Children is the nonprofit partner to New York City’s child welfare system—the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). NYFC and ACS share a crucial mission: to protect, ensure, and promote the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families. NYFC funds, incubates, and implements programs to improve outcomes for youth who are currently in and/or transitioning out of the NYC child welfare system; NYFC centers work that serves older youth and those who have aged out of NYC foster care. Our organization is unique in that we both operate our own direct service programs and oversee grants delivered through community partners or consultants as grant managers. Some of these services are carried out in partnership with ACS while others are done entirely independently. NYFC’s hybrid role gives us the infrastructure, field knowledge, and flexibility to meet the pressing needs of NYC youth who have experienced foster care. 

NYFC is comprised of a team of nine people and currently oversees 21 unique programs, including 47 private grants that support educational programs and pilot initiatives among foster care agencies and community-based organizations. NYFC has nearly 25 years of experience working with ACS, the city’s 26 private foster care agencies, and older and aged-out youth. Since its inception, NYFC has distributed more than $70 million in funds to support youth in and aged out of foster care, including $8 million in scholarship funds to promote post-secondary education. 

NYFC typically serves about 1,000 youth annually through direct scholarships, innovative pilot programs, and wraparound services such as academic coaching, mental health support, and emergency funding. With the expansion of our Emergency Grants Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYFC now serves closer to 2,000 youth per year. We aim to enroll youth in college, support them through graduation, and help them gain the skills needed to enter the workforce. We focus on older youth in foster care and those who have aged out of foster care because these populations are at a much higher risk for depression, poverty, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement than their peers who have not been in care. 

Organizationally, NYFC is growing its thought leadership role within the NYC foster care community. Hosting a Princeton intern will allow us to play that role more effectively and bring better policy recommendations to the city as a whole. For example, NYFC recently received a grant to help build capacity among small nonprofits in the foster care system across New York City, providing us a platform for promoting promising practices in the field. To name another example, as one of the only organizations who have been providing cash supports to youth transitioning out of foster care, NYFC is now making the case to policymakers for the need for systemic, ongoing income supports, rather than reactive, crisis- based emergency grants. The intern’s work will build upon, buttress, and further these and other policy-related and advocacy projects, which is a key strategic goal for the organization.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship Description 

The Princeton intern will assist NYFC in creating an updated landscape analysis of policy matters in the child welfare field, with particular focus on children aging out of foster care as this transition is an especially vulnerable time. NYFC currently operates the LifeSet program, an evidence-based model that has shown promise in helping youth transitioning out of foster care attain and maintain positive life outcomes such as avoiding criminal justice system involvement and obtaining stable housing. NYFC is seeking to find, implement, and promote similar evidence-based models to inform our work and advocacy efforts. 

The intern will, with guidance from NYFC, become familiar with the New York City foster care system, conduct a policy landscape analysis, outline promising policy changes, and then make recommendations as to how we can and should integrate this research into our proposals, policy, and communications. There is a vast body of policy research related to youth in foster care that can inform and guide program and management decisions. While NYFC staff members have deep expertise in this field, and conduct ad hoc reviews whenever possible, a more structured review and recommendation process completed by the intern will ensure that all promising practices, studies, and policy recommendations are incorporated into our work. For example, NYFC has discovered that there is a significant need for additional services for aged-out youth who are not in school; additional research is needed into what specific policies and services may be of assistance to this population to help them avoid financial crises and maintain stability. The landscape analysis will reveal policy changes for which NYFC should be advocating (if we are not doing so already), as well as programming decisions. Following the landscape analysis, the intern will then draft white papers based on these policy recommendations in order to help further NYFC's advocacy efforts and further their adoption in the field.  

In tandem with this project, the intern will also take the lead on creating a study to track outcomes of NYFC’s Emergency Grants cash transfer program in anticipation of scaling up cash transfer programs more broadly across the foster care system. First, the intern will set up a research protocol to analyze the impact of direct cash transfers on life outcomes for various sub-populations of youth in the foster care system, such as those who have aged out versus those still in care. Ongoing direct cash transfer programs in other cities have shown great promise, but methodologically sound and locally based research is needed in order to demonstrate the impact of direct cash transfers in New York City. The intern will help NYFC lay the groundwork for completing such a study, and may help begin the study’s implementation, as time permits. 

The benefit to the Princeton intern will be gaining insight into the world of public policy as experienced through the lens of the New York City foster care system. The intern will be playing a vital role in helping to lay the groundwork for instituting change through their research efforts—not only in one organization, but in New York City as a whole. The intern will see their efforts have an impact in the world at large and experience first-hand the connection of public policy decisions to day-to-day programmatic outcomes and impact on vulnerable populations. The intern will gain valuable skills researching, developing policy, and writing clearly and persuasively. Most importantly, their rigorous research and writing, far from being a mere intellectual exercise, will help to counter the effects of long-term structural inequities and have positive real-world impact.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible  9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

There are ample options to find short-term affordable housing in New York City that the intern can take advantage of. NYFC is committed to assisting the intern with their housing search and leveraging our connections to find quality housing at an affordable price.

Internship Qualifications

  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Research skills 
  • Experience working in a small-team environment 
  • Passion for and ideally experience working in the nonprofit sector or child welfare space

Additional qualifications:

  • Interest in public policy 
  • Communications-related skills to help present and disseminate research findings 
  • Statistical analysis

Writing Sample Required

  • 1000 word minimum academic essay show casing research synthesis, citation skills, and creative critical thinking.

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations